The art of cross-stitch is seen as a dying craft, it is seen as a more traditional craft being practised by the WI and sold at church sales. I remember my Mum first teaching me to cross-stitch when I was 7 or 8 years old. It was mainly small floral images and symmetrical patterns. However, Beki from RatherUnseamly is challenging this misconception. She is bring cross-stitch to the modern world! Here's my favourite item from her shop (I love Sheldon from Big Bang Theory):
And here's something a little more seasonal from her shop! It's a pattern, so you can have a go at cross-stitch yourself!
If you'd like to read more about Beki and her shop, you can find more on the CraftBritannia Blog.
She's a German Shepherd and Husky cross. We think she's about 4 years old now. We rescued her in February 2012 and it's been one of the best things we've ever done! I can't imagine our life without her now!
I've had these two collections in the making for a while and this morning I finally got the camera out to take photos! So, first up, Russian Dolls! I love Russian Dolls, I even have a set that a friend bought back from Russia as a gift. There's something magical in the small painted smiley faces. Each one decorated individually, I imagine it's virtually impossible to find two the same. I have made these Russian Dolls into brooches, each brooch stands approximately 2 inches tall. I'll be sad when these sell as they are so beautiful! I've listed my first one on Etsy this morning and will be adding the rest over the next week or so:
Second collection for today is some little wooden stud earrings. Here's the entire collection:
And as before, I've listed one set on Etsy, with the rest to follow in the coming week:
I've kept a pair of these little heart studs for myself too :)
As many as you already know, a group of Etsy UK sellers got together to promote each other and Etsy in the UK. So, throughout March, we all agreed to offer Free UK Shipping in our Etsy shops. If you'd like to take advantage, you just need to use the code FREEMARCH13 at checkout in your chosen shop! You can visit my shop and take advantage of the code here.
All the shops listed below, are also taking part, so go take a good look round as there's only two weeks left to take advantage of this brilliant offer! www.AlteredEras.Etsy.com - FREE UK SHIPPING on orders of £20 or over
Lots of Etsy sellers struggle with photos. You only have to
do a quick search on Etsy to find the good, the bad and the ugly. Yes, there
are ugly ones! I thought a quick overview on photos would be useful and I will probably
expand further on this topic in future post.
Photos are what sell your product, a customer sees your
photo before anything else, this is what will make them click on the item to
find out more! It needs to be enticing! Good photos also open up a world of
opportunity in promotional terms – treasury features, blog features and media
There are two key things, camera setup and staging. You don’t
need a super snazzy camera to get good product shots, you just need to be aware
of the different settings your camera offers you (it’s worth getting the manual
out and having a good read through of what options your camera has). For
smaller products, I recommend using a macro setting, as this will pick up more
As for staging, there are many options and you need to find
the right one for you. White or patterned background? Using a model in your
photo? Close up or far away? Personally, I have gone for the clean and crisp
look of a white background, but this isn’t something you definitely have to do.
There are plenty of other options out there and I’ll point some ideas out to
you from my favourite shops further down. First though, if you do want white
backgrounds for your photos, then I recommend making/buying a light tent or a
white blackout blind and some daylight lamps if you can’t stage in a light and
shadow free setting. Also, get to grips with some photo-editing software, as
this will help your photos become top-notch. There are plenty of free ones
available, so no financial outlay here.
The consensus for taking photos for jewellery is no modeled shots,
however, I disagree, there are some amazingly beautiful modeled photos on Etsy.
These earrings are a great example of a modeled shot:
Also, as I said before, white photos are not necessary to
sell your product, as long as the background does not detract from the product.
White products generally look better on a textured background, like this bag:
Staging is another consideration, if you feel it is
required. This fruit bowl is a great example of good staging, it also gives the
impression of the size of the product:
I hope this has given you all something to think about in relation to photos. Feel free to ask question and I'll try to answer them in due course.
Over on Etsy, I'm part of the CraftBritannia team, it's for UK makers and sellers to network, promote and chat. Every week, they feature one member as shop of the week and we all get together to promote the chosen shop. This week is the turn of gemmaclarkhome, you can read more about Gemma and her shop here. Here is my favourite item from Gemma's shop, I think the colours are wonderful:
Last week, Simmi from Grace's Favours was the featured shop of the week and I just wanted to mention her shop, as I love this Easter wreath she has listed:
I'm hoping to add a feature for Shop of the Week every week, so watch this space for some fab handmade finds!
Hello! And welcome to my new blog. I've decided now would be a good time to start writing a blog, I am at a great point
in my life, newly engaged, thriving Etsy shop and a head full of ideas for
writing about. I plan to include previews of new jewellery designs, recent Etsy
purchases, tutorials/information for other Etsy shop owners, seller interviews,
wedding plans, lots of pictures of my beloved dog, Ellie and whatever else
takes my fancy!
I thought I'd start with the Etsy meet I
attended in Nottingham last Saturday. It was brilliant. Between 40 and 50 local
Etsy sellers came together to swap ideas and information. I think I managed to
speak to the majority in attendance and it's where some of the ideas for this
blog have come from. I was surprised that many sellers seemed overwhelmed when
it came to selling their handcrafted products, that it wasn't just a case of
listing your product and someone coming along to buy it. There is definitely a
knack to optimising your product listings for maximum exposure. I plan to
tackle some methods for increasing traffic and sales in future posts.
For now though, I'll leave you with a group
picture from our get-together on Saturday, I'm the second person in on the bottom
right of the picture.